Heal the World (6:24)

Cover of The Essential Michael Jackson

From The Essential Michael Jackson and 65 other releases

Heal the World is a song from Michael Jackson’s hit album, Dangerous, released in 1991. The music video features children living in countries suffering from unrest. It is also one of only a handful of Michael Jackson’s videos not to feature Jackson himself, the others being “Cry”, “HIStory” and “Man in the Mirror”. (The clips for “HIStory” and “Man in the Mirror” only feature Michael Jackson in archival footage). Jackson performed the song in the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show with a 35000 person flash card performance.

In a 2001 Internet chat with fans, Jackson said “Heal the World” is the song he is most proud to have created. He also created the Heal the World Foundation, a charitable organization which was designed to improve the lives of children. The organization was also meant to teach children how to help others. This concept of ‘betterment for all’ would become a centerpiece for the Dangerous World Tour. In the documentary Living with Michael Jackson, Jackson said he created the song in his “Giving Tree” at the Neverland Ranch.

The song reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1992, kept off the #1 position by Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. It fared less well in the US, reaching a peak of #27 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his second consecutive single not to reach the Top 20.

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  • badgalyara

    5 Sep 1:47pm Reply
  • edysonlovesRB

    Touchy! It makes me cry whenever I listen to it.

    30 Jul 6:24pm Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    I generally have a soft spot for sentimental songs/ballads but I sort of agree with UnfortunatelyGR with regards to sequencing. Dangerous would have worked a little better with an altered tracklist or if it were made into a double album... Maybe Black Or White would have worked better as track no. 7 and Heal The World no. 8.

    20 Jun 7:32pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Best MJ Song One of the greatest songs ever

    25 Mar 1:54pm Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    One of my least favourite MJ songs, TBH. Great message and all, but it's too sappy coming straight after all of those hard 'street' tracks on Dangerous, disrupting the flow of the album. So I tend to skip it. I'm all for the Michael who makes me dance... sorry.

    25 Feb 12:11am Reply
  • Austrul

    Uwielbiam <3 [2]

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MJRocker1987

    imhotandiknowit, This isn't even the right song. You're thinking of "Will You Be There".

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mmarta0096

    Uwielbiam <3

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • imhotandiknowit

    question: did free willy make this a better song or did the song make free willy a better movie? i'm on the fence...

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MjsCandyGirl

    Heal the World > Earth Song [3] Love them both to pieces <3 nobody will ever EVER care about the planet as genuinely as Michael did, no one...

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    there's a place in your heart and i know that it is love <3 [2]

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • jonnammoi

    I love this song soooo much ;___;♥

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • treradical

    there's a place in your heart and i know that it is love <3

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • sweetnanda

    beautiful

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • riverflows

    It was also played at the funeral of the little toddler; James Bulger who was murdered by two other little boys. It was his favourite song.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    I assure you that when I take over the world I will make it a better place.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Davidc1984

    Excellent song, played at the funeral of Tim Parry who died on 25th March 1993 after the IRA exploded two bombs hidden in bins in Warrington town centre on 20th March 1993 killing Jonathan Ball (age 3) who died instantly and Tim Parry (age 12) who died 5 days later.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sbsgloria

    Heal the World > Earth Song [2]

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • KammanderKool

    A strong message is sent with this song. But it is up to us to grasp it.:-)

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • imhotandiknowit

    i saw free willy recently....it isn't very good

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
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